Onjuin Temple Successing Traditional Ascetic Practices
Soon after passing through the Niomon Gate of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, there are a stone pillar with red letters and a large gatepost, and turning to left, there is a simple wooden gate strongly standing the end of the gateway to Onjuin Temple. Onjuin Temple has carried on the tradition and the history of Nichiren Sect in Nakayama region.
Onjuin Temple is famous for the temple to deliver the Nichiren Sect's traditional
style of ascetic practices for monks for 400 years. According to the information
of Onjuin Temple, the priests in Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple decided to select
a faithful priest having strong lofty aspiration and hard working to study
whom would have been handed down the ideas of the founder Nichiren, the
verenable Nissho was the first priest selected in November 20th of 1591.
And Nissho built a new temple 'Enritsubo' to practice religious austerity
(aragyo), this was the begining of Onjuin Temple.
In 1597, the 12th abbot of Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, the verenable Nikko
decided that the chair of the abbot would be taken in rotation system with
3 temples, Myokokuji Temple in Sakai Osaka, Chomyoji Temple and Honpoji
Temple in Kyoto. A term with 3 years could be so short for an abbot to
complete all duties for him, then Nikko decided that the abbot of Nakayama
Hokekyoji Temple is the Denshi (a teacher or a missionary deliver the Nichiren
Sect's traditional style) and the vice Denshi assigned to be intent delivering.
The verenable Onjuin Nichikyu (1662-1727) was selected the first vice Denshi and the third chief priest of Enritsubo Temple. He inherited the shochuzan's orthodox method of exorcisms succeeded directly from the Founder Nichiren from Nissho. Nichikyu completed one thousand days of austerities, established rules for one hundred days of harsh austerities (aragyo), and compiled "The sacred book on the transmission of prayers" (Kito-soden-sho). He has been looked up to the restorer of the exorcisms. His successor, the venerable Nichigyo of the forth chief priest named Enritsubo after Onjuin as he respected Nichikyu's profound scholarship and contribution.
The chief priests or Denshi of Onjuin Temple has delivered the all ritual
forms completed by Nichikyu for 400 years.
Moreover, the one hundred days of aragyo from November 1st to Febraury
10th has held.
Tokugawa Shogun Family
, Maeda Family
the second larghest daimyo in Edo period, Ota Family descendants of Dokan Ota
and many people has believed in Onjuin Temple faithfully for long ages.
Passing through the gate, there is a big old plam tree presented by the
Maeda Family in front of Omotedo building, and there are big basins presented
by the Tokugawa Shogun Family between the Omotedo and the main hall of
Onjuin Temple. They must give you some traditional and histrical inspiration
Why don't you visit Onjuin Temple?
The Former Basins Presented by The Tokugawa Family
The Old Plam Tree Presented by The Maeda Family
- Onjuin Temple has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda International
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Keisei-Nakayama
Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport.. And also take JR Sobu-express
line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, get off Shimousa-Nakayama
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and
get off Keisei-Nakayama Sta.
- From Tokyo Sta, take Sobu-Express line bound to Chiba or Narita, transfer
the line to Sobu-Local line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, or Nishi-Funabashi
at Ichikawa Sta, get off Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Shimousa-Nakayama
- Take 1 minute walk from Keisei-Nakayama Sta, and take 5 minutes walk from
The Landmarks Neighbor Of Nakayama Hokekyo-ji Temple
Nichiren had preached first time at the Oku-no-in. Later, Jonin Toki built
a temple named 'Hokke-ji'. There are several ume trees blooming beautiful
ume blossoms in spring silently.
Onjuin Temple is famous for the temple to deliver the Nichiren Sect's
traditional style of ascetic practices. Tokugawa, Maeda and many people
faithfully has believed for ages.
This small gallary has wonderful works of the great painter Kaii Higashiyama,
so he lived in Nakayama.
Fujiwara Kannondo Hall has the legend of the great swordsman Mushashi
Miyamoto, sometimes it was his hideaway.
A peaceful place to rest on the way to Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple is Seikaen.
It has the branch office of the city hall.
Shinmeisha Shrine and Shinmeiji Temple have their long history and the
legend of Oguri Hangan.
It preserves the seated statue of Nichiren and Yosobei Kajikawa's mementoes.
It also has the side story of The Forty-Seven Ronins.
This shell mound designated as the National Historic Site and was formed
from middle to late Jomon period.
The sacred temple covered with holy cherry trees is famous for the legend
of Seven Sutra Mound and Shichifukujin in Ichikawa.
The first nunnery of Nichiren Sect built by the Princess Tokiwai, the
legend said ther daughter of the Emperor drifted to Ichikawa.
The shrine related to the battles of Konodai in Sengoku Period.
It has the legend of the young samurai Hirotsugu Satomi.
It was built in Kamakura period and visitors could enjoy seeing cherry
blossoms blooming over some cultural properties in it.
The Mama-gawa River is the very famous spot to enjoy seeing the blooming Cherry Blossoms.
Nikke Colton Plaza and some landmarks around are attractive and exciting to walk on.
It is very popular viewing sakura spot and thousands of people visit and enjoy seeing sakura.